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book review The Difference-A Mental Approach to Martial Arts

I recently purchased The Difference – A Mental Approach to Martial Arts by Jerry Figgiani with Chris R. Vaccaro.  While this book is not very large, it is absolutely packed with good information.  The book is aimed towards martial artists because it encompasses the mental aspects that we strive for such as respect for self and…

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Sometimes it’s not a merry Christmas

The holiday season is considered by most to be a happy time filled with traditions, family and friends.  There are holiday parties, family gatherings and generally an air of good cheer.  However, this can be a really hard time for those in or trying to leave a domestic abuse situation.  Partners that are trying to…

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What brings adults to the dojo?

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of November already.  In Wisconsin, it seems a little surreal since the temperature is well above normal for this time of year. However, winter and the holidays are upon us whether mother nature agrees or not. As the year comes to a close, many of…

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Who comes to Wisconsin for a seminar?

My blogs have been a little sporadic lately, but with good reason.  No blog last week because I was busy hosting an awesome seminar with Sensei Jerry Figgiani, President and Founder of Shorin Ryu Karatedo International. (SRKDI) I was introduced to Sensei Figgiani and SRKDI by my sensei, Kyoshi Brad Wells. Sensei Figgiani holds the…

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Just a little food for thought…

In past posts, I’ve talked a lot about bullying.  Whether it be online, in the workplace, social situations or school; committed by other kids or other adults.  What we haven’t talked about is you.  Are you your own bully?  The short definition of bullying is the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone.…

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teaching our kids to say “no”

Looking at the title of this blog, you may be thinking “Are you kidding me?  That was my kid’s first word!” While that may be true, at some point we also start teaching them to not say no.  Don’t talk back!  Respect your elders! That’s rude, don’t talk like that!  There are times when our…

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Me too and something better

Everyone is weighing in on the “me too” phenomenon.  The participation on social media started by actress Alyssa Milano using the simple phrase “me too” for women to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted has been astounding.  The last numbers I saw were over 500,000 in the first 24 hours alone.  Sadly,…

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What are PINs and how can they help you?

Most people have learned to acknowledge October as breast cancer awareness month.  We honor this in our dojo with pink belts, pink shirts and sometimes even pink uniforms.  However, there is another deadly problem that we also need to remember to acknowledge this month.  October is also Domestic Abuse Awareness month.  Seventy-six lives were lost…

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Something to make you feel good

Lately, the news and the general vibe has been a bit depressing.  The events around us have been horrific! Even the most positive of people seem to be a bit down.  So today, I bring you something a little brighter.  While the cause in and of itself is tragic, today, a group of kids and…

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Community and Gratitude

Today, I want to take the opportunity to brag up our dojos in our small communities.  Last weekend, we did two awesome events.  The Fort Atkinson dojo participated in the Fort Fall Fiesta. The event was a collaborative effort by the Fort Atkinson Parks and Recreation Department and The Unity project to promote greater Hispanic…

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